• Software Development Manager

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1 week ago)
    Risk & Compliance
    # of Openings
  • Company Outline


    Axco-Wilmington Logo - Final (2)With more than 50 years’ experience in researching and publishing industry intelligence on insurance and employee benefits information, Axco is the definitive information source for professionals in these markets around the world. Our unique business model and methods of research have enabled the development of an extensive suite of products comprising in-depth reports, focused profiles, Q&A databases, intelligent questioning tools, and email services. Our products are delivered to the largest and most well-known insurers, reinsurers, brokers and employee benefits specialists across the globe.


    Axco’s strength comes from our outstanding team of people, highly knowledgeable in our fields of expertise; longstanding relationships with industry professionals and trusted partnerships with our clients.


    We are a growing company with a commitment to innovation in a rapidly evolving industry and the drive to be the very best. With the help of dedicated and talented employees, our ambitions will be realized. Axco is part of Wilmington plc's Risk & Compliance Division. 

    Main Purpose of Role

    We are seeking an experienced Software Development Manager to lead a technically strong team of software developers who are committed to working with the latest .Net and Web UI technologies within an Agile framework. The focus is to develop world class new products and services for the insurance industry whilst still supporting, and migrating away from, significant legacy systems. In this role.  You will be responsible for the performance of the software development team, maintaining high morale and managing day to day operations in an efficient and professional manner. The team manager will also be responsible for driving innovative solutions to meet our evolving client needs whilst ensuring that all software development targets are met.

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Understand, contribute and be accountable for the technical solution of the full tech stack from design through to code.
    • Work with your development team and colleagues in the planning, design, development, testing and maintenance of all applications.
    • Interact with clients around technical requirements and implementation plans.
    • Manage the relationship with offshore resource partners.
    • Work closely with the Client Solutions team (product owners) to understand, and collaborate on, development requirements/priorities.
    • Manage the relationship with our hosting providers.
    • Adhere to high-quality development principles while delivering solutions that meet time and budgetary expectations.
    • Continue to improve modern agile software development methodologies.
    • Manage and improve software development standards and processes along with best practices for delivery of scalable and high-quality software.
    • Supervise architecture and develop technical roadmap for all products and services.
    • Analyse and resolve technical and application problems.
    • Participate and oversee peer-reviews of solution designs and related code.
    • Develop, refine, and tune integrations between applications.
    • Package and support deployment of releases.
    • Provide regular and effective progress updates to ensure the management of any delivery risks or issues.
    • Guide, coach and mentor your team (both onshore and offshore).

    Skills and Experience Required

    • 5+ years’ experience in technical leadership position
    • Extensive experience developing enterprise-grade software (.NET, SQL Server)
    • Extensive experience with Agile/Scrum development methodology
    • Experience with debugging, performance profiling and optimization
    • Experience with source control management systems (Git) and continuous integration/deployment environments
    • Comprehensive understanding of object-oriented and service-oriented application development techniques and theories
    • Proficiency in hardware network and server issues – ability to understand, report issues and propose appropriate solutions.
    • High level knowledge of databases and software architecture (preferably experience of .Net and software frameworks as well as familiarity and implementation of best practice).
    • Able to influence and drive projects to meet key milestones and overcome challenges
    • Internally motivated, able to work proficiently both independently and in a team environment
    • Strong and clear communication skills with both internal team members, colleagues and clients
    • Experience in formal personal development planning and individual, team and process performance management
    • Experience with managing offshore and/or blended team structures.
    • Strong initiative to find ways to improve solutions, systems and processes


    The following are other technologies and skills we use within Axco Software Development. Whilst these are not fundamental requirements, the successful candidates would be able to demonstrate evidence of knowledge and experience in many of these areas.

    nHibernate or another ORM (Object Relational Mapping), NService Bus, AJAX, TeamCity, Octopus or other Continuous Integration tools, Angular JS, GIT or any other Source Control tools such as SVN or TFS, Test Automation and Load Testing, Federated Security and SSO approaches.

    Both Axco and the Software Development team are small and dynamic and we are looking for a Software Development Manager with the following attributes who will be able to thrive within this exciting yet challenging environment

    • Self starter, team player, client centric
    • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
    • Organised / Detail orientated
    • Process and documentation orientated but pragmatic in approach
    • High level of professionalism and willingness to demonstrate flexibility
    • An understanding and adherence to Axco’s core principles

    Other skills (desirable but not essential)

    • Strong academic achievement, preferably university degree in Computer Science or a related discipline
    • Exposure to international insurance industry



    We are focused on ensuring that Wilmington remains a great place to work. We value our people and we continue to invest in their career development. We encourage learning, and career opportunities are possible across all Wilmington companies

    “We are committed to equality, equality of opportunity and valuing diversity”





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